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12:20 AM ET, February 18, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama visits Edwards  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) paid a secret visit to his former rival, John Edwards, in quest of his endorsement on Sunday.  —  The meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Edwards lives, is the latest effort by Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to win …
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Obama and Edwards Sit Down in North Carolina  —  ABC News' David Wright and Sunlen Miller Report: Mother Nature may have called a cease-fire in the snows of Wisconsin, but Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., appears to have put the time to good use.  —  A helicopter cameraman for ABC's Raleigh-Durham …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Break The Public Financing Pledge Now Sen. Obama  —  Unlike most good government types, I believe that until there is full public financing of political campaigns, the Democratic Party should NEVER give away an advantage when it has one.  This year the Democratic nominee is almost certain …
Discussion: CBS News
Obama visits Edwards in Chapel Hill  —  CHAPEL HILL — Sources tell Eyewitness News Senator Barack Obama landed at RDU around 11:30 this morning unannounced.  —  He was then whisked away by the secret service to the Edwards home in Chapel Hill.  Obama advisors say he wanted a private setting to avoid a media circus.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Lynn Sweet
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Now Obama Also Visits John Edwards To Seek His Support For 2008 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama and Edwards Meet
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Flies to N.C. to Meet With John Edwards
Discussion: MSNBC and The Ruckus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton hits Obama on funds
Discussion: The Swamp
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Expectations Game: Point To Clinton's Wolfson
Discussion: All Politics and The Ruckus
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
BILL SPARS WITH OBAMA SUPPORTER  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  CANTON, OH — Robert Holeman came to Timken High School here today with a message to deliver to Bill Clinton.  He did — and he said the former president wasn't happy about it.  —  Clinton spoke to a capacity crowd …
Taylor Marsh:
Count WHOSE Vote?  —  Based on exit polls, among the approximately 16.3 million people who identified themselves as Democrats, over 678,000 more voted for Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama.  If we-??re going to -??let the people decide" who the Democratic nominee would be, shouldn-?? …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
In a Vote By Numbers World, Who Rules?  —  Paul Lukasiak, guest-blogging at Taylor Marsh's blog, crunches the numbers of votes cast so far in the Democratic presidential race.  Why?  Barack Obama is arguing that super-delegates should comply with the “will of the people.”  —  Mr. Lukasiak's premise:
Steve Gutterman / Associated Press:
Russia denounces Kosovo declaration  —  MOSCOW - Russia denounced Kosovo's independence declaration Sunday, warning that the move threatened to ignite a new conflict in the Balkans and calling on NATO and U.N. officials in the territory to nix the decision.  —  Russia requested a meeting …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sweetness & Light
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton would seek to try 9/11 plotters in established courts  —  If elected president, Hillary Clinton would ask the Justice Department to determine if alleged 9/11 plotters currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be tried in civilian courts or regular military courts rather …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Dems Accuse Bush Administration of Politicized Fear-Mongering on FISA  —  It is worth observing that the Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, was the Director of President Clinton's National Security Agency from 1992-'96.  He is not a partisan hack.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Sundries Shack
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: DNI Mike McConnell on ‘FNS’
Discussion: Hot Air and
Mesh / Harvard:
Arabs for Obama?  —  From Tamara Cofman Wittes  —  I'm in Doha for the 5th Annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum—my fourth year at this annual confab (organized by my fine colleagues in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution) that brings together Americans with Muslims …
Robin Koerner / The Moderate Voice:
Obama - Savior Superstar  —  Says France's Le Monde, … And the pursuit is a grand one indeed, even messianic.  Apparently, the American nation has been hanging out for a reedeemer: … Nevertheless, Obamania, it seems, is the name of a new religion in this great land …
Discussion: The Ruckus
Karl / protein wisdom:
The Bush Doctrine as Neo-Realism  —  The New York Times starts a series “examining the lives of youth across the Muslim world at a time of religious revival” in Egypt: … Ahmed Muhammad Sayyid, used as the NYT's anecdotal window into this larger picture, is also used to show the ultimate risk of this dynamic to US national security:
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan  —  Focusing on Barack Obama's “inexperience” and “undisciplined messaging” are two ways to ensure that the senator from Illinois doesn't get to be president, according to honchos at the Republican National Committee.
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
The Olympic Games and the U.S. Elections: Bad Timing for Beijing  —  What do the Olympic Games and Steven Spielberg have to do with the U.S. elections?  It all has to do with the calender.  According to Pierre Rousselin, deputy editorial page editor of France's Le Figaro, The rage of Steven Spielberg is not in itself conclusive.
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